Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone Review - HotHardware

Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone Review

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Let there be no mistake here: the Galaxy S II feels lightning fast. With a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, you'll be hard-pressed to find a smartphone in today's market that'll run Android as quickly and as smoothly as this. We found the benchmarks to be a little weaker than we had honestly expected, but in real-world use, this thing is a screamer, and having 16GB of onboard storage space for applications, cache files, etc., will help out during long-term use


Its screen, as mentioned earlier, is truly world-class, and the 8MP camera sensor around back is also amongst the strongest in the industry. Samsung's Camera app here is also slightly different the stock Android camera app. The company loads up a number of highly sophisticated controls that will probably best be appreciated by high-end users or fans of manually tweaking camera settings, but of course, that's the market that the company is hoping to hit with this handset. Below are a number of samples taken, with no editing outside of downsizing. Colors, on the whole, were incredibly rich, and the depth of field was fantastic. At night, of course, things got a bit noisy, but the flash worked well compared to rivals. It's certainly amongst the best cameraphones that we've used -- now, if only Instagram for Android would ship.

     

     

 

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Samsung isn't making any outright claims when it comes to battery life, and that's not surprising. Smartphone battery life figures are hard to wrap your head around. No longer do "talk" and "standby" times have much to do with anything. Instead, we tested the phone as we usually do with smartphones, which serves to represent a taxing use pattern that should be a worse-case scenario to judge uptime by.

In an attempt to put a quantitative measure on the phone's battery life, we set up our own web-surfing test. In this test, we set up a webpage with a mix of graphics and text. The page automatically refreshed itself every three minutes.

We set the device's display to 50% brightness and turned off Wi-Fi. When we ran this, the Galaxy S II did amazingly well, clocking in just over 8 hours. In a more average test (i.e. just using the phone as our primary device for a full day), we easily went from sun-up to sun-down with around 18% life left at the end of the day.

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Nice review, and a darn nice phone.

Your statement: "the champ today may not be the champ tomorrow" is so true, but one could wait forever in anticipation of the next, big, new thing coming down the pipes. (the same goes for computer parts)

This phone is obviously good enough in many ways, and when a carrier finally offers it at a reduced price, it will be compelling.

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Thanks again for the review I was waiting on Ray and Marco. Big Smile

Do you have the battery life for the Captivate so I could compare? I am assuming the Galaxy S 2 is much better.

I like the picture of the "zero gravity" chair in the backyard I own one myself it was nice to see i'm sure your back thanks you.

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It's a Super AMOLED _Plus_ display meaning they got rid of Pentile. To make room for a proper RGB matrix they also had to increase the screen size from 4" to 4.3" so there's absolutely no room for qHD.

The home button is nice BUT it also brings a very weak point to the glass (the glass is cut out to make room for the button). I had my SGS1 crack from the Home button from a hit that was so small that I didn't even bother checking if anything damaging happened. So I've searched a lot on the net about cracked on SGS1 to find the best way to go about. Basically all cracks that I read about started from the Home screen. The problem is that whole front is one whole piece...so first of all the glass is one big piece so if you crack it at the home button you'll most likely get the crack going through the screen itself. Secondly since it's all one piece you have to replace it all and that's about 1/3rd to half of the cost of the display.

For those with a SGS1, I can tell you the difference between the 1st and 2nd is huge. I was expecting a difference but not this much. This goes for the speed and the screen going from Pentile to RGB. The only downside is that very little things make use of this phone. I think the only thing would be running Tegra 2 games with Chainfire or emulating PS1 games.

One thing missing in this article is mentioning that this phone actually has TV out capabilities and 1080p for that matter. It has the MHL chip so you can plug in a cable to the micro-USB and it will change to TV-out.

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Schmich, good insight there. Thanks!

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my lowest linpack multi-theard score is 79.597.,highest is 89.289.

And my device is stock, just cleared the RAM b4 running the test.

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ALau, thanks for your feedback. We've actually seen some variability with our Linpack scores and are updating the article now.

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I read this review and now I cant help but think, Man, i want this device haha. Excellent review!! Really enjoyed going through it.

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Thanks for the great review Ray!! I've been drooling over this phone since it was announced and have been "patiently" waiting for one! Should be a good phone, looking forward to the release and picking one up. Now you just need to compare this bad boy to the bionic to see which one is a better buy, I vote gsII but the bionic should be a beast as well.

Oh and word on the street is that it will be released through multiple US providers on August 29th.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/12/samsung-plans-august-29th-mobile-launch-galaxy-s-ii-finally-l/

oh and has anyone heard pricing with contract rumors?? Hopefully it's not 299 like the charge....gross! And if all carriers will have the same version? Hopefully they don't change the look and feel too much if they do at all.

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Really nice phone, i must say.

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I agree.  I had mine since August and really liked it.  The only drawback was the audio chipset they used (especially when compared to the original Galaxy S).  

Performance was great, the camera was awesome, and I never had a problem with it.  Only reason I'm not still using it is a friend wanted to buy it off me as their phone died, so I decided to pick up the Galaxy Nexus.  Not quite as good as the S II, but I still like it so far.

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